Last week’s installment of the fall knit along featured the pattern for the first sleeve for your Remy Pullover. This week is a bit of a repeat since it’s time for sleeve 2 of 2. There are a couple of variations you can do if you are a knitter who hates knitting things like mittens, socks and sweater sleeves. You know, projects that involve knitting things twice.
If you simply want to knit your second sleeve identical to the first, which is what I did, you can simply check out last week’s post for the Remy Pullover sleeve pattern in sizes XS through XXL. If not, here are a few ideas to keep things interesting for you.
Variation 1: try a different cable
Using the pattern shared last week, try your hands at knitting right instead of left-leaning cables. All you have to do is print out the pattern, and replace all of the LCx3’s (left leaning 3 over 3 cables) with RCx3’s (right leaning 3 over 3 cables). And if you’re good keeping track of things in your head, you can just remember to lean your cables to the right for the second sleeve. This is a great option if you’re really into symmetry in your garments, and it’s also good if you want to practice cabling (particularly cabling in the round).
Variation 2: learn to knit two-at-time
I’m a big fan of knitting on double pointed needles (DPNs), but a lot of people who loathe redundant knitting tasks like knitting a second sleeve or sock should learn how to knit two-at-a-time. I don’t have a lot of personal experience knitting two-at-a-time projects, but here are a few tutorials you can take a look at if you’d like to learn:
how to cast on two-at-a-time -jimmy beans wool
knitting in the round, two at a time on one circular needle -spinfoolish
casting on for two gloves or socks on one circular needle -heidi bears
two at a time cuff down socks -knit purl hunter
Keep in mind that this isn’t necessarily a technique for those new to knitting, but it’s fun, especially for redundant knitting-haters.
Variation 3: try different needles
If it doesn’t significantly affect the gauge of your sleeve, you can try knitting one sleeve on circular needles and the other on double pointed needles to give yourself a chance to practice your skills on different needles. I’ll say it again, though – if your gauge is really loose, let’s say, on DPN’s, and really tight on circulars, be careful. You still want your sweater to fit after all!
Don’t forget about the Lion Brand giveaway!
As you knit your way though the Remy Pullover, don’t forget about entering the Lion Brand prize pack giveaway. For every part of the knit along you finish, you can enter for another chance to win the prize pack. You can also get extra entries by sharing pics of your in-progress sweater with the hashtag #handsoccupiedkal. PS: You can enter once every day using the pic-sharing option. I’m loving seeing what you guys have knit so far!
Here are a couple of shots that have stood out on Instagram:
Fellow librarian @valerieclaires tweeted about working on the KAL and a friend shared a snap of the Remy Pullover in his presentation at a conference (librarians are so awesome, in case you didn’t know!)
@hmckillip is just about done with her sweater body, and it looks amazing!
Other posts in this series:
- Announcing the fall knit along! The Remy Pullover
- How to do a long tail tubular cast on (optional tutorial for the cast on I like for this pattern)
- Do the math, get the fit / Fall Knit Along Day 1
- Knit Along Tips, Tricks & An Official Schedule
- Knit Along Day 2: Sleeve time!
- Fall KAL Day 3: The Other Sleeve
- How to attach sleeves / KAL Day 4
- How to knit a raglan decrease / KAL Day 5
- How to knit the collar / KAL Day 6
- more coming soon!